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Historian Bev Gross will receive the Outstanding Senior Citizen award at the Washington County Fair Aug.1. (Submitted photo)

Cottage Grove's Bev Gross awarded for history, volunteer work

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Bev Gross doesn’t live in the past — she brings the past back to life.

A descendant of German pioneers who settled in Old Cottage Grove in the mid-1800s, she’s compiled thick scrapbooks whose clippings, documents and sepia toned photos bring vanished eras into focus.

She’s combed through microfiche at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. She’s active in at least three local historical societies.

Much of her work centers on her lifelong home.

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